Sunday's Women's Basketball Results
Ball State 56, Eastern Michigan 41
Kent State 57, Ohio 55
Miami 65, Northern Illinois 51
Bowling Green 84, Central Michigan 59
Toledo 65, Western Michigan 54
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Ball State 56, Eastern Michigan 41
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team wrapped up its three-game homestand Sunday, Feb. 3, with a 56-41 setback to Ball State University inside the Convocation Center. The Eagles (5-16; 3-5 MAC) played solidly on the glass particularly in the offensive zone, but could not generate enough offense to post back-to-back wins.
EMU led by as many as eight points in the first stanza and took a 20-18 lead into halftime, but the Cardinals (10-11; 7-1 MAC) ramped up their offense in the second half with 38 points to run away with their fifth-straight victory.
Senior India Hairston (Flint, Mich.-Hamady) became the third Eastern Michigan player to record a double-double this season with her 10-point, 10-rebound performance. Hairston joined EMU's leading scorer, junior Desyree Thomas (Waterford, Mich.-Mott) (12 points), as the two Eagles to record a double-digit game.
Sophomore Sara Stone (Plymouth, Mich.-Salem) shattered her previous personal record of nine rebounds with 14 boards Sunday. That total included five offensive caroms and nine off the defensive glass. In the blocks category, senior Taylor Bird (Lawrence, Kan.-Lawrence) tied her career high with three. As a team, the Eagles posted six blocks with Stone, junior Natachia Watkins (South Euclid, Ohio-Brush) and Hairston also chipping in with a block apiece.
The Eagles shot 25.4 percent (17-of-67) for the game and were just 1-of-18 (5.6 percent) from behind the arc. Neither side shot well in the first half, but Ball State was able to find a groove in the second period to finish 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) from the floor and 5-of-19 (26.3 percent) from downtown.
Nathalie Fontaine was the game's leading scorer with 14 points and hauled in 10 boards for a double-double. Shanee' Jackson and Brittany Carter each turned in 12 points for BSU.
Ball State opened the scoring on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Brandy Woody. Hairston fought off a swarm of BSU defenders, which had already blocked a pair of EMU's first five shots, to score the home team's first two points.
Offense was tough to come by in the opening 10 minutes as the two teams combined to go 8-of-32 (25.0 percent) from the floor in a 10-10 deadlock. The Eagles took their first lead of the afternoon, 11-10, on a Thomas free throw. A Hairston offensive board led to the senior center getting the ball back and filling a mid-range jumper to make it a three-point lead, 13-10, at 8:23.
Bird put on a show offensively and defensively in the first half, giving EMU a six-point edge with a layup and the and-one free throw. She then notched her third block of the game which resulted in a put-back layup for Hairston. That gave the Eagles a 20-12 advantage with 3:44 to go in the half.
The Cardinals made up some ground before the halftime horn sounded with a 6-0 run, but EMU still held a 20-18 edge. Defense was the trend after 20 minutes, with BSU shooting 7-of-26 (26.9 percent) compared to a 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) output for EMU. The Eagles blocked for Cardinals' shots, while Ball State denied a trio of EMU attempts.
Eastern Michigan collected a total of 20 rebounds in the first half including 10 offensive caroms which led to six second-chance points. Ball State only registered three rebounds in the offensive end and had 18 total boards.
Stone snapped EMU's streak of 6:11 without a basket at the 17:33 mark of the second half, but Ball State would regain the lead by outscoring the Eagles, 15-6, over the first nine minutes. A Thomas jumper at the 12:37 mark brought the Eagles back to within a pair, 28-26, but Woody and Carter each rattled off shots from downtown to expand the Cardinal lead to 33-26.
As the second half wore on it was apparent the two offenses were headed in opposite directions. The Cardinals had amassed a 42-28 lead by the 7:47 mark while shooting 47 percent (8-of-17) during the half along with 4-of-8 from behind the arc. The Eagles meanwhile hit on just 4-of-22 attempts for a 21.7-percent clip to that point.
The Green and White kept pace through the remainder of the second half, but Ball State did not relinquish its sizeable lead en route to the 15-point win.
The Eagles' next contest is Wednesday, Feb. 6, on the road against the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Kent State 57, Ohio 55
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University Women's Basketball Team was unable to endure a furious Kent State comeback on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell to the visiting Golden Flashes by a final score of 57-55. Ohio held a four-point lead with 75 seconds remaining, but Kent State scored six points during the final 25 seconds to escape with the victory.
Kent State (3-18, 1-7 Mid-American Conference) ended the game on a furious run, outscoring Ohio (5-15, 0-8 MAC) by a 31-13 margin over the final 13:30 of the contest.
Ohio connected on 22-58 field goals to shoot 37.9 percent. The Golden Flashes hit 24 of their 51 shots to operate at a 47.1 percent clip. The Bobcats out-rebounded the Golden Flashes by two (37-35) and forced Kent State into 24 turnovers, a number of which came via senior forward Tina Fisher (Cottage Grove, Minn.) establishing good position on the floor and taking multiple charges. Ohio was also very efficient in moving the ball, assisting on 15 of its 22 made field goals.
Tamzin Barroilhet led the way offensively, scoring a game-high 18 points on 8-15 shooting. She was joined in double figures by Rachel Mendelsohn (14 points) and Amber Dunlap (12). Barroilhet also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Ohio had two scorers achieve double figures, as Kiyanna Black (Columbus, Ohio) scored 14 and Lexie Baldwin (Hattiesburg, Miss.) added 10. Symone Lyles (Silver Spring, Md.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for the Green and White.
Ohio took control from the tip-off, scoring the first six points of the game. Ohio held Kent State scoreless until the 14:45 mark when a Jamie Hutcheson layup got Kent State on the board. The `Cats finished the first half on a 5-0 run capped off with a Shavon Robinson (Canton, Ohio) buzzer-beating layup, taking a 29-20 lead into the locker room.
Ohio kept its foot on the gas in the second half, extending the lead to 16 points (42-26) after Baldwin converted a contested lay-up and the ensuing free throw with 13:54 left in the contest. Kent State battled back, going on a 10-0 run of its own after a layup and free throw from Dunlap. This play cut the lead to six with 12:07 to play. The Golden Flashes kept the pressure on Ohio, taking their first lead of the game (49-48) on a fast-break layup from Melanee Stubbs with 4:20 remaining.
Black hit a three-pointer to tie the game (51-51) with 3:17 to play. She then sank two free throws and senior point guard Ashley Fowler (Cincinnati, Ohio) drove down the lane and laid one in to give the `Cats a four-point lead (55-51) with 75 seconds to play.
A three-pointer by Mendelsohn with 25 seconds left put the Golden Flashes within one point and a Dunlap jumper with 22 ticks remaining gave them the lead for good.
Ohio will next be in action on Wednesday, Feb. 6 against Northern Illinois. The Bobcats and Huskies will tip off at 7 p.m. from The Convocation Center.
Miami 65, Northern Illinois 51
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois' five-game winning streak at home against Miami (Ohio) came to a close as the RedHawks earned a 65-51 victory Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center in a cross-divisional Mid-American Conference meeting. The RedHawks (14-7, 6-2 MAC) took advantage of 20 NIU (5-16, 0-8 MAC) turnovers for a 22-6 edge in points off turnovers and were led by 25 points from Courtney Osborn.
"Our sense of urgency I thought was lacking, except for the start of the game and the run we had in the second half," said NIU Head Coach Kathi Bennett. "That lack of consistency, energy and focus is what is killing us right now. Minus the turnovers, we did well on offense but I thought our defense was soft. Jenna [Thorp] and Jada [Buggs] stepped up on offense and that gives us a great chance to win ball games. Now, we have to tighten up on defense."
The Huskies started the game well as Satavia Taylor (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook/Loyola) had two steals on Miami's first two possessions and scored five of NIU's first seven points. A few minutes later a nice look from Amanda Corral (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) led to a layup by McKenzie Hoelmenn (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) to give the Huskies the largest lead they held all game, up 11-6 with 13:09 left in the first half.
But from there, the RedHawks finished the half strong with a 21-7 run to take a 27-18 lead at the break as the Huskies went scoreless after Hoelmenn's layup until a jumper by Taylor with 5:53 left. Osborn scored 15 points in the half and the RedHawks took advantage of eight NIU turnovers for eight points, while NIU only scored two points off five MU miscues.
In the second half, Miami shot a scorching 57.7 percent from the field and scored 14 points off 12 Huskie turnovers. After the Huskies turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the half, Miami grabbed its largest lead of the game at the time, up 31-18 with 18:12 left.
NIU clawed back to within six with 7:34 left as Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Memorial/Wisconsin) scored eight points during a 16-9 Huskie run. But back-to-back turnovers that led to two baskets for Miami ended any chances of an NIU comeback.
Three Huskies scored in double figures, led by Jenna Thorp's (Hinckley, Ill./Hinckley-Big Rock) season-high 16 points on a career-best 4-for-6 performance on three-pointers. Taylor notched 13, while Buggs had 12.
The Huskies continue play against the MAC East Division with a 6 p.m. CT contest at Ohio on Wednesday, February 6.
Bowling Green 84, Central Michigan 59
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications)- The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team shot nearly 67 percent from the field in the second half, breaking open a close game en route to an 84-59 win over Central Michigan University Sunday afternoon (Feb. 3). The Mid-American Conference game was held at the Stroh Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 14-7 overall, and BGSU is now 5-3 in MAC action. The Chippewas, now 13-8 overall, fall for the first time in conference play. CMU is now 7-1 in league games.
The Falcons posted season highs in points scored and field-goal percentage, shooting 55.4 percent from the floor. BG's total of 31 field goals made also was a season best.
Senior Chrissy Steffen scored a game-high 19 points, pacing four double-digit scorers for the Brown and Orange. Junior Jillian Halfhill and freshman Bailey Cairnduff scored 14 points apiece, while redshirt junior Alexis Rogers had 13.
Crystal Bradford and Brandie Baker had 14 points apiece for Central Michigan. The Chippewas had entered the game ranked 11th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 76.1 points per game.
Leading by four points at the half, the Falcons spotted the Chippewas the first two points of the second period, on a Bradford steal and layup. Then, however, BGSU proceeded to score the next 11 points, including back-to-back 'and-one' buckets. A Rogers three-point play was followed by a Steffen four-point play, and when Halfhill hit a jumper at the 16:36 mark, BG's lead was 13 points, at 45-32. The margin never dropped to single digits again.
The Falcons made 18-of-27 shots from the field in the second period, good for a 66.7% success rate. BGSU went 7-of-10 from three-point land in the second half en route to a 10-of-18 effort for the game (55.6%).
In fact, the Falcons made six consecutive three-point tries to end the game. Five of those treys came in the span of less than three minutes midway through the second half, and four of those five triples came from the BG bench, as Cairnduff and junior Katrina Salinas hit two apiece during that time.
Cairnduff's two shots in that span came on back-to-back possessions, capping a stellar shooting day for the Morley, Mich., native. Cairnduff was a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range, while Salinas made both of her long-distance tries.
The Falcons forced the Chippewas into 21 turnovers, and BGSU had a 20-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
The score was tied three times on Sunday, at 2-2, 4-4 and 6-6. Steffen scored the Falcons' first points of the game, but the Chippewas countered with a pair of jumpers just 28 seconds apart. Halfhill's long pass led to a Steffen layup in transition, and after Jessica Schroll answered for the visitors, Halfhill hit a nifty layup while drawing contact. The junior's free throw gave the Falcons a 7-6 lead.
After a steal by Steffen, Halfhill scored again, grabbing her own miss and laying the ball back up and in. The Chippewas got a Schroll free throw, and Bradford hit a three-pointer on her first offensive possession of the day, giving the Chippewas a 10-9 lead. Steffen responded with a three-point play around the first media timeout of the day. The Falcons would not trail again.
Havel worked inside against Schroll and got a layup, then came up with a steal on Central's ensuing possession. Halfhill fired the ball ahead to freshman Miriam Justinger for a layup and a 16-10 lead.
Schroll quickly answered with a three-pointer to cut BG's lead in half, and several minutes later, Jessica Green's layup got the visitors within a single point. But, junior Jill Stein drove the baseline and fired a pass to Cairnduff in the right corner, and the freshman's three-point try was on target, putting the Falcons on top, 19-15.
Stein had the assist on each of Cairnduff's first three triples of the game.
Cairnduff's trey began an 8-0 run for the Falcons, with Steffen playing a key role in that run. After a CMU miss, Steffen came up with the rebound, and BG's next trip down the floor saw the senior take a pass from Salinas and knock down a shot from beyond the arc. Then, Steffen stole the ball from Green near midcourt and sailed in for an uncontested layup and a 24-15 BG lead with 8:41 left in the half.
Taylor Johnson answered with a three-pointer for the Chippewas, but for the second time in just over two minutes, Stein drove the baseline and whipped a pass to Cairnduff in the corner. Again, the freshman was on target, and BGSU had a 27-18 lead with just under eight minutes left in the period.
Slowly but surely, Central rallied back. Baker hit a layup, and Bradford came up with an offensive board and a putback. Another Baker hoop in the paint was followed by a BG turnover and a layup by Green, and suddenly, the Falcons' lead was just 27-26.
Senior Danielle Havel split a pair of free throws, then slipped her defender to score off of a Steffen lob inside, giving BG a 30-26 lead with 1:26 to go before halftime.
Baker hit a jumper for the visitors, but Rogers answered for the Falcons with a pull-up jumper just before the shot clock expired. Schroll responded with a jumper from the left baseline, but Cairnduff was fouled with just 1.6 seconds to go, and drained both free throws for a 34-30 halftime advantage.
The Falcons shot 44.8% from the floor in the opening half, while CMU was 13-of-27 from the field (48.1%). Central, however, had 13 first-half turnovers to BG's eight.
Bradford opened the scoring in the second half, stealing the ball and converting an athletic finger-roll layup to cut the BG lead in half. But, the Brown and Orange then scored 11-straight points.
Rogers scored in the lane, then took an inbound pass from Halfhill and scored again while drawing a foul. The ensuing free throw was good, and BG's lead was 39-32 with just under two minutes gone in the period.
Just over a minute later, Steffen took a pass from Halfhill and fired a three-point try from the right wing, just in front of head coach Jennifer Roos. The whistle blew, indicating a foul on the Chippewas, just a split-second before the ball nestled in the netting. Steffen completed the four-point play with a charity toss at the 17:05 mark, and the lead was double digits for the first time.
Then, Justinger stole the ball from Bradford, and the next possession saw Halfhill hit a jumper in the lane to give BG a 45-32 advantage as the Chippewas used a timeout.
Baker's layup was followed by a transition layup for the Falcons, as Justinger found Rogers with a bounce pass on a 2-on-1. Bradford split a pair of free throws, and Baker hit another layup. But, Justinger's three-pointer at the 10:43 mark began a scoring flurry at both ends of the court, and gave the Brown and Orange a 52-37 lead.
Beginning with that Justinger three, the Falcons scored 17 points in the span of just 3:08, going 6-of-6 from the floor, including five shots from long distance. Central got 12 points in that time, though, to keep the home team from pulling away.
After the Justinger trey, Jas'Mine Bracey made a pair of free throws for the visitors. But, Salinas took a Steffen pass and hit a straightaway three-pointer from well beyond the arc. After a turnover, Stein's baseline, cross-court pass found Cairnduff, and the freshman's long-range shot from the corner gave the Falcons a 58-39 lead.
Seconds later, Cairnduff was at it again. After Central got a putback, Steffen's pass found Cairnduff for her second three-pointer in under 50 seconds.
Bradford responded with a three, but Salinas drove right down Main Street for a layup. After a Baker jumper, Havel hit Salinas for another BG long-distance connection and a 66-46 lead with 7:37 remaining. Bradford answered with another triple, but a Justinger run-out began a 6-0 BG run that increased the home team's advantage to 23 points.
That Justinger layup was followed by layups from Havel and Halfhill, as the Falcons got multiple good looks inside during this stretch of the second half. Another Baker layup was answered by Halfhill's three-point play, and after Green knocked down a jumper, Halfhill got to the line and hit a pair of shots for a 77-53 lead with three-and-a-half minutes to go.
Steffen connected on one more BG three-pointer, and Rogers hit two free throws with 2:01 remaining. Sophomore Deborah Hoekstra got an offensive rebound and putback in traffic with 11 seconds left, before CMU's Jordan LaDuke closed the scoring with a triple.
Steffen was 7-of-11 from the field on the day, including a 3-for-5 effort from three-point range. Rogers and Halfhill combined to go 10-of-18 from the floor, with each player making five field goals, while Cairnduff's 4-for-6 effort included that perfect 4-of-4 long-distance effort. The freshman's four three-pointers made was a career best, and matched a BGSU season high.
Salinas had eight points on perfect 3-of-3 shooting, including a pair of shots from beyond the arc, while Havel and Justinger scored seven points each.
The Falcons outrebounded Central, 19-14, in the second half, as the teams pulled down 32 boards apiece for the game. Halfhill led the Brown and Orange with seven rebounds, with Steffen coming up with six and Rogers five.
BG had 19 assists on a season-high 31 buckets, with four players dishing out at least three apiece. Halfhill led the way with five, while Justinger and Steffen had four each and Stein three. For both Justinger and Stein, those totals represented career highs.
BGSU now hits the road for the next three games, beginning with a Thursday (Feb. 7) contest at Buffalo. Following trips to Western Michigan (Feb. 10) and Northern Illinois (Feb. 16), the Falcons will return home for a Feb. 20 game vs. Akron.
Toledo 65, Western Michigan 54
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (19-2, 7-1 MAC) moved past Mid-American Conference West Division foe Western Michigan, 65-54, in a Sunday matinee played before 4,241 fans in Savage Arena. With today's victory and a Central Michigan loss, the Rockets extend their win streak to seven-consecutive games and move into a tie with the Chippewas (13-8, 7-1 MAC) for the top spot in the division.
The Midnight Blue & Gold overcame a flurry of turnovers and missed shots early on, but eventually molded consistent play towards the end of the opening period. UT was held to 25 percent (4-of-16) shooting from the floor and turned the ball over eight times in the early going, leading to a 16-10 deficit with 9:14 left in the half. It was only the second time UT has trailed after the first 10 minutes of a game all season.
A fast-break layup from sophomore Inma Zanoguera at the 9:07 mark put life back into the Rockets and the crowd, igniting a 21-3 game-changing run to close out the half with UT leading 31-20.
The Broncos (6-15, 2-6 MAC) were able to get within six points with 14:31 left in the second half, 39-33, but that was as close as they would get.
Four Rockets reached double figures, led by junior Andola Dortch's game-high 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.
Senior Naama Shafir just missed posting her second double-double of the season, contributing 14 points, a game-high nine helpers, six boards and three steals.
Zanoguera added 11 points, a game-high seven caroms and equalled her career high with two rejections. Junior Brianna Jones rounded out UT's double-digit scorers with 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
The Broncos were paced by Miracle Woods and Marquisha Harris with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Toledo held Western Michigan to just 28.0 percent (7-of-25) from the field in the first half, but the visitors shot a respectable 57.7 percent (15-of-26) in the final stanza.
UT countered its poor first-half shooting effort with a solid performance from the free throw line. The Rockets entered today's contest shooting just 63 percent, but made 9-of-11 in the first half and closed out the game with a 12-of-16 (75.0%) effort from the stripe.
Toledo overpowered the Broncos 42-32 on the glass, including an overwhelming 17-6 edge on the offensive end.
After the eight miscues early on, the Rockets settled down and committed only four additional turnovers over the final 30 minutes. The three-time reigning MAC West Division champions shot 40.0 percent (26-of-65) from the field, and Jones' production led the home team to outscore Western Michigan 38-26 in the paint.
The Rockets will return to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they travel to MAC East Division co-leader Miami. The opening tip from Millett Hall is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.